MP Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ranjana Baghel was booked under Sections 353/34 IPC for allegedly bribing of voters in Dhar district. The Madhya Pradesh CEO said most of the incidents took place in Lahar constituency and these included firing by unidentified people, exchange of fire between Congress and BJP activists as well as firing on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supporter by a Congress supporter. (Agencies)
Briefing reporters after polling, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind said there was firing in the air at some places in Lahar constituency in Bhind district but said there was no possibility of a re-poll.
"Polling was brisk and peaceful but for some stray incidents of violence - four in Bhind and three in Morena district and one person each was injured in the two districts. As many as 30 persons were arrested for inciting violence in the two districts," Deputy Election Commissioner Sudhir Tripathi said in Delhi.
The previous high turn-out in MP was 69.58 percent in the 2008 assembly elections while it was 82.35 percent in Mizoram.
Govind said polling in three Maoist-affected constituencies in Balaghat district was held was held under tight security and choppers were also used, he said, adding an average 70 percent polling was witnessed here.
The CEO said polling had been boycotted in some polling stations in 10 districts by people who were angry with lack of construction of roads in their areas.
An EVM was broken by a crowd in Chowrai but was replaced and voting resumed after a gap.
In Mizoram, over 81 percent of polling was reported around 6 PM and was expected to go higher. The fate of 142 candidates, including Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and his 11 ministers, was sealed in election to the 40-member assembly.
Polling ended at 3.30 pm with an estimated turnout of 80 percent of the 6.9 lakh voters, state Joint Chief Electoral Officer H Lalengmawia said.
As a first, the EC had used Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) of votes in 10 assembly constituencies in Mizoram where voters could see which candidate they have voted for in a printout of their votes.
He said that in Chowrai in the same constituency, an electronic voting machine was broken by a mob but it was replaced and voting resumed after a break.
In Ater constituency in Bhind district, one person was injured in stone-pelting, he said and added there was firing at three or four places in Sumawali constituency in Morena district though no casualties were reported.
Govind said incidents of minor altercations were reported from Bhopal, Mhow and Tikamgarh.
Tripathi said a total of Rs 7.86 crore was recovered in cash and Rs 9.6 crore worth of other things during electioneering in MP, while 3.18 lakh litres of liquor valued at 6.28 crore, besides 30.80 lakh worth drugs and narcotics were seized. A total of 95 cases of suspected paid news were also reported.
A neck-and-neck contest is being witnessed between ruling BJP and opposition Congress in MP with the former trying hard to secure a hat-trick in the assembly polls and the latter fighting to return to power in Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is contesting from Budhni and Vidisha constituencies, while leader of the opposition Ajay Singh is in fray from Churhat constituency in Vidisha.
In Mizoram, the polling percentage was over 80 in three seats adjoining Manipur - Chalfilh, Tuivawl and Serlui, where there were allegations of insurgents intimidating voters, Jt CEO Lalengmawia said.
Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said in Delhi that cash worth Rs 18 lakh and 10.30 kilograms of drugs/ narcotics worth Rs 35 lakh, besides 11,562 litres of liquor valued at Rs 39 lakh were seized in the eastern state.
MP Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ranjana Baghel was booked under Sections 353/34 IPC for allegedly bribing of voters in Dhar district.
The Madhya Pradesh CEO said most of the incidents took place in Lahar constituency and these included firing by unidentified people, exchange of fire between Congress and BJP activists as well as firing on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supporter by a Congress supporter.